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Our blogs are on topics that make us think about how an accessible world might be different, or how an inaccessible world impacts on our lives. Have a read and let us know your thoughts.

Our Latest Blog Posts

Kylee Black in her wheelchair, posing and laughing

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome: A Conversation with Kylee

We talked to the fabulous Kylee Black for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome awareness month. Here's what she had to tell us about living with her c…

Improving digital access for people with mental health issues

June is Men’s Mental Health Awareness Month, a perfect time to discuss how digital tools are changing mental health support. Dealing wit…
Baby Chandra being cuddled by Granny Esther

Temporary and Situational Access Needs of a New Mum

When explaining the breadth of digital access needs we most certainly focus on, and take the time to discuss, the permanent needs of peo…
Kev's April Top Tip with the words "Make the target area for links and buttons big enough so they can easily be selected. Space targets far enough apart to avoid errors"

Kev's Top Tip for April

It’s Parkinson’s Awareness Month, and with that in mind, this top tip is about target size.

In this context, a target is the object tha…

Digital Accessibility in NZ and US

Last year at the m-Enabling conference in the US, I came away thinking that digital accessibility in the US was so much further ahead fr…

Digitally Accessible Tourism

As services move more and more to digital, it is vital to consider digital accessibility from the start in any industry, including the t…
Chinese dragon on a tile with the words Happy Lunar New Year, Year of the Dragon

Digital access for Chinese New Zealanders

For many Chinese immigrants, Mandarin or Cantonese are their first and often only languages. And while we've come a long way in bridging…
Chandra's children, Lewis and Lexi, in their school uniforms ready for another year.

10 Digital Accessibility Tips for schools

As children across the motu head back for another school year, here are ten top tips to help schools improve their digital inclusion for…
Phil Turner, CEO of NZDEN, making introductions

Business Case for Digital Accessibility Workshop

The recent Business Case for Digital Accessibility workshop attracted some amazing speakers, had a fabulous audience and resulted in som…

ADHD Awareness Month

October is ADHD Awareness Month and it’s a topic close to my heart as I received a diagnosis earlier this year. Yes, in hindsight I shou…
Susanna, Lourdes and Chandra farewell hugs

Return of Kanohi ki te Kanohi, Face-to-Face Interactions

In a world increasingly dominated by virtual communication, the return of "Kanohi ki te Kanohi" – or "face to face" interactions – is a …
images of overlay icons displayed in grid

Accessibility Overlays: Making it better or hiding the underlying issues

To me the simplest definition of web accessibility is that EVERYONE should have the same opportunity to access information and services …
Heidi holding a Braille Note device

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology plays a huge part in supporting disabled people’s presence, participation, and achievement in many different ways. …
Katherine and Kirsten sharing a laptop screen

Collaboration is the key

All of these accessibility service providers have similar values, provide complementary services and are also aiming to help create a mo…
Pair of reading glasses resting on top of a stack of documents.

Five Top Things to Consider for Your Accessibility Statement

An accessibility statement is one of the most important pages on your website. It outlines how your company or agency is committed to ma…
A pair of hands type on a laptop keyboard.

Ten tips for better accessibility

To help make your website accessible for as many people as possible, it is important to design, code and test the website properly. The …
Sign with a locked icon held up blocking the view of a person's face

Alternative Text – What Is It, How Can It Be Done Better and…

There is a saying made famous by Henrik Ibsen…that “a picture is worth a thousand words” and it is widely accepted as meaning that compl…
Helen Keller smelling a rose

Helen Keller’s visit to NZ: A childhood memory

Helen Keller, was born 27 June 1880 and died 1st June 1968. She was the author of twelve books, a disability rights advocate, political …
A large collection of spoons of different sizes and finishes are displayed in an unrolled black fabric roll bag.

Spoon theory: Employing diverse workers

During a chat with a dear and valued client the other day I realised that I am extremely fortunate to work in this industry and work wit…
Chandra in hospital bed, her bandaged arm rests on a pillow, as a nurse is checking the arm.

Are you Disabled?

Lately I’ve been wondering about whether I am disabled and wondering how anyone knows if anyone else is disabled.
Te reo Māori language logo. Kia kaha te reo Māori

Making te reo Māori accessible

One of the most amazing things about Aotearoa is the variety and richness of culture we have here. You can see our biculturalism becomin…
A path winds its way up a blue mountain ending at an orange flag on the highest peak.

Clearing Our Way Guide

The purpose of this resource is to encourage people involved in design to think before they proceed with plans because it is far more co…
A young man sitting on a large piece of drift wood, looking out over the ocean.

Accessibility in Aotearoa

While anecdotally we know that web accessibility in New Zealand can be poor, there has been no local data to quantify how big the proble…
Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. A woman illuminated by blue light rubs her shoulder.

Today is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day – Britta’s Story

Today is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day and our very own Britta Offergeld has kindly agreed to share her story with this painful condition. …
Smart phone held in left hand

The Problem with Hands

Considering the ‘problem’ with hands seems like a great way to explore the difference between permanent, temporary and situational acces…
Chandra shows off her broken wrist in its bright red cast.

When Assistive Tech isn’t that Accessible

I started on a journey to learn to use Dragon speech input software, properly. What I’ve learned is that accessing assistive tech can pr…